TWO Herefordshire medics have been recognised for their bravery in attempting to rescue casualties after a bull went on the rampage.

Paramedic Jonathan Murray, of Wigmore, and ambulance technician Tom Pennington, of Weobley, will receive bronze medals from the Royal Humane Society, which have been approved by the society's president Princess Alexandra.

The medals are for an incident at Hampton Farm, Stoke Prior, in March, during which Newton farmer Mick Daw was killed by a bull.

The two medics rescued Geoff Price, who had been badly injured by the 600kg Belgian Blue bull he and other men were trying to corral.

Mr Murray and Mr Pennington were faced with the bull charging at a gate while trying to treat Mr Price but carried on despite the danger.

Mr Pennington told The Hereford Times that Mr Price told them to leave him if the bull got through but neither was prepared to because of his condition.

Having got Mr Price to an ambulance, the men launched a second rescue bid to find Mr Daw. A police officer covered their path with a shotgun so they could reach him, but he was found dead.

Colonel Adrian Gilbert, the society's secretary, said the pair were aware the bull was dangerous because they had attended a previous call earlier in the day when Hampton Farm owner Graham Beaumont had been injured.

"As it was clear that the casualties were seriously injured and in need of urgent treatment, little time could be wasted. They went way above and beyond the call of duty and risked being gored themselves by the bull.

"It seems highly likely that their selfless courage saved the life of the man they pulled to safety. They thoroughly deserve their awards."

Mr Murray and Mr Pennington will also receive certificates signed by the princess.

No date has been scheduled for presentation of the awards, which have been made on the recommendation of the West Midland Ambulance Service.